NEXT: Student Tickets at Lyric Opera

NEXT - $20 Student Tickets

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Upcoming NEXT dates:

The Merry Widow
Friday, December 11 at 2:00

Bel Canto
Monday, December 7 at 7:30 (world premiere Opening Night!)
Thursday, December 10 at 7:30

Use promo code NEXT1516 for $20 tickets to the above individual shows!

BUY ALL THREE IN A NEXT NOW PACKAGE — plus additional shows that are not available on single NEXT dates yet!  See details below!


A FREE program! Sign up for $20 tickets to select performances. 
Buy 3 or more tickets in advance to create your NEXT Now series with the NEXT Now dates listed below.


Our NEXT program is for full-time, degree-seeking college and graduate students. Valid student ID required.


After creating your account, select NEXT within My Account > Profile & Preferences > Interests.

When NEXT tickets become available, you will receive an email* announcement and your 15/16 NEXT promo code. You will need to enter this code every time you purchase tickets on a NEXT date to enjoy your discount.
*To ensure that our emails make it to your inbox, please add to your safe list.

Sign up for NEXT Texts below to receive exclusive early bird offers and more.

NEXT Now series: buy 3 or more tickets in advance

For the second season, Lyric is pleased to offer advance NEXT purchases when you reserve tickets to three or more operas at a time. See below for details!


NEXT Now - just announced! 

Call 312.827.5600 to order your series today!
***Only available via phone order***

Choose from the list of dates below to build your series of three or more operas – at just $20 a ticket. You won't find a better deal!

The Marriage of Figaro
Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5:00 NEXT TICKETS SOLD OUT
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30
Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30
Sun. Nov. 1, 2pm
Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30

The Merry Widow
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30
Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30
Bel Canto
World Premiere Opening Night - 
Monday, Dec.  7 at 7:30 NEXT TICKETS SOLD OUT

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30

Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30

Der Rosenkavalier
Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30*
Friday, March 4 at 6:30*

Monday, March 7 at 6:30*

*Please note early start time.
Romeo and Juliet
Monday, Feb. 22 at 7:30
Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30

Where will I be seated and when will I receive my tickets?

Lyric will assign the best available Main Floor seats a few days before your performance and Print-At-Home tickets will be delivered to your inbox at that time.

May I exchange my NEXT Now series tickets?  
Yes, exchanges are possible via phone with at least 5 days notice; your new date must be valid for the NEXT Now series. Fees may apply.

Can I purchase additional tickets for my friends?

Yes, you can buy multiple seats per production as long as your guests are also full-time, degree-seeking college or graduate students.

NEXT Texts

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Upcoming Events

College Night

Tuesday, Oct 13 
Use promo code COLLEGENIGHT for $20 tickets.

Lyric University Ambassadors


Do you love promoting events, creating buzz, networking, and working for a cause you believe in?  Are you an innovative and organized university student in Illinois? 

If this sounds like you, apply to be part of the Lyric University Ambassadors team and be part of building the NEXT generation of opera lovers on your campus. 

Applications for the fall of 2015 are now closed. Please check back mid-December to apply for the spring of 2016.

  • Elevate awareness of Lyric’s NEXT program on your campus
  • Help organize and promote Lyric’s College Night events
  • Create buzz about Lyric's 15/16 season
  • Work with Lyric staff members to strengthen NEXT campaign  

  • Gain real world event marketing experience 
  • Work with Lyric staff members
  • Network with fellow Lyric University Ambassadors from around Chicago
  • Make an impact on your campus
  • Attend Lyric productions for FREE 

Winners will be contacted personally via email as well as announced over Lyric’s social media platforms.

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NEXT is a program for full-time, degree-seeking college students only. (Sorry, discount not valid for continuing ed, part-time, and high school students.) All NEXT ticket holders will be asked to show a valid college ID upon entering the theater.

Tickets are sold in advance; online purchases only. No rush tickets. Seat locations are assigned on a first-come, first-seated basis and cannot be changed after purchase.

NEXT is supported by Lead Sponsor The Grainger Foundation and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., T. G. Bligh Foundation Fund, The Brinson Foundation, Mark E. Ferguson and Elizabeth B. Yntema Ferguson, Elaine Frank, J. Douglas Gray, Patricia A. Kenney and Gregory J. O’Leary, the Komarek-Hyde-McQueen Foundation/Patricia Hyde, NiSource, Satter Family Foundation, Mary Sue and Michael Shannon, and the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.